‘Scouts should follow St George’s example’

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Hundreds of scouts, cubs and beavers gathered in Tring on Sunday to celebrate St George’s Day a few days early.

Although the celebratory day for the patron saint of England fell yesterday, the parade marking the event is usually held on the nearest Sunday.

The youngsters were greeted at the town centre’s St Peter and St Paul’s Church by the mayor of Dacorum Bert Chapman.

They marched around the church, attended a service inside, then marched past the mayor to the town’s war memorial, where they dispersed.

The annual event attracted about 350 youngsters from across the West Herts district – which included groups from Northchurch, Potten End, Little Gaddesden, Gossoms End Tring and Berkhamsted.

Organiser Rachael Scahill, who is also chairman of the Ridgeway Scout group, said the they were proud to march in front of the mayor.

She said: “Being a scout is about being part of a community and doing good for the community and developing the individual.”

The church service led by the Rev Huw Bellis stressed the importance of doing good things, and how this links in with the values of being a scout.

Dr Scahill said: “St George stood up for what was right. He was brave and he was strong.”